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If you transfer the ownership of your property, the Assessor receives a copy of the deed and determines if a reassessment for property tax purposes is required. If it is, a new market value is determined.
The Assessor's office reviews all recorded deeds within the county to determine which properties require reassessment under the law. The Assessor may also discover changes in ownership through other means such as taxpayer self-reporting, field inspections, or review of building permits. When it is determined that a change in ownership has occurred, Prop 13 requires the reassessment of the property to its current fair market value as of the date ownership changed.
Yes, if the deceased owns the property. Upon discovery of death, whether it will be recorded or via correspondence, the Assessor’s office will review for reassessment. The date of the property owner’s death is the date of transfer.
Some transfers may be excluded from reassessment, for the following reasons:
However, a son-in-law or daughter-in-law of the grandparent that is a stepparent to the grandchild need not be deceased. To prevent a supplemental tax bill from being issued, a claim must be filed as soon as possible after the transfer or date of death.
The unmarried surviving spouse of the qualified veteran may be able to continue to benefit from the exemption.
The disabled veterans’ property tax exemption may also be available to the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who, as a result of service-connected injury or disease, died while on active duty in the military service and served either in time of war or in time of peace in a campaign or expedition for which a medal has been issued by Congress.
A death certificate is the recorded legal proof of death. Some reasons a copy of a death certificate may be needed include:
Only authorized people may obtain an official death certificate. Authorized people include:
Anybody not included in the list above, may only receive an “informational” copy.